$4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder
- In 2006, the International Agency for Research in Cancer, which falls under the World Health Organization, decided to classify the use of talc in the genital area as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." In the US, government agencies and medical associations that track what causes cancer believe the topic needs more research to know for sure.
- A New Jersey couple was awarded $117 million after after the husband claimed the J&J powder he inhaled gave him mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
- This latest ovarian cancer case, that was decided on Thursday, was one of the first times that lawyers successfully argued the Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talcum powder contained asbestos.
- The women in this case claim to have all used talc based powder for decades to keep their bodies smelling fresh and clean, particularly in their genital area.
Designing a Good DSL
- There’s nothing tricky going on, but it’s way too hard to read than it needs to be.
- Not a problem while writing, but consider this: you just walking by that code and want to make simple modification (change short month to full month) or even fool-proof that it uses padded 24-hour for hours.
- Clojure started as a language that assigned contextual meaning to a few language-defined syntax structures: vector might be a let-binding in let expression, function arguments list in fn and just a data structure.
- You cover most of your users’ needs (that’s the primary value of your DSL anyway) and let users figure the rest in plain old code—best of both worlds.
- The thing with special cases, same as with multiple syntaxes, is that you have to learn them, remember about them and recognize them.
What We Think About Supreme Court Hearings Is Wrong
- The myth, widely repeated, is that the current era, in which nominees refuse to answer most substantive questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, is an aberration, a response to what happened when Robert Bork fully engaged the senators in 1987.
- The nominees of the 1950s and early 1960s, like other sensible people of the era, saw the hearings for the sham they were and essentially refused to dignify the questions with serious answers.
- Let’s go to the data — in particular, to a data set of 11,000 questions and answers in Supreme Court confirmation hearings developed by political scientists Dion Farganis and Justin Wedeking.
- Jeffrey Rosen, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal, argues that hearings can indeed be a useful vehicle for understanding how a nominee approaches constitutional questions, and he cites as evidence the experience of Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement led to the Kavanaugh nomination.
DNA Leads to Arrest in 8-Year Old April Tinsley's 1988 Murder
- Advances in genealogy technology have led to arrest in a gruesome 1988 crime that had puzzled investigators for decades.
- Although her captor left ridiculing notes at the scene of the crime admitting to her murder and threatening to strike again, no suspect was ever found.
- Investigators were finally able to track down the long-sought after suspected killer by inputting DNA collected from the crime scene to a genealogical database.
- Convincing DNA evidence provided by the database led to his arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit.
- The cold case is one of several to be brought back to life in recent months by tracing DNA samples to those plugged into popular genealogical databases.
- Most famously, in May, California police arrested the suspected Golden State Killer nearly four decades by using genealogy website GEDMatch.
Google's about to be hit by a multi-billion dollar fine from the EU, but the lawyer who helped start the case says it's a sign of weakness
- And the Microsoft case constrained the tech giant enough to allow the web to take off and companies including Google, Facebook, and Netflix to succeed.
- The US government's antitrust case against Microsoft, then headed by Bill Gates, helped open the door for companies including Google and Facebook.
- What's more, the court's determination that Microsoft was a monopoly that had abused its power — a ruling that was upheld by the appeals court — helped set the rules of the road for technology companies for the next 10 years, highlighting behavior that was out of bounds, Reback said.
- The tech companies have stepped up their political donations and lobby — and the result has been little more than taps on the wrist when it comes to antitrust enforcement, Reback said.
9 things you should never say during a salary negotiation
- The most common question recruiters will ask a candidate is something like, "So where are you right now in terms of salary, and what are you looking for if you make this move?" Don't fall for it.
- I'm not comfortable sharing my current salary.
- I would prefer to focus on the value I can add to this company rather than what I'm paid at my current job.
- I don't have a specific number in mind for a desired salary, and you know better than I do what value my skillset and experience could bring to your company.
- Instead of asking for "more" salary or "more" vacation, this is your time to get specific.
- Lastly, the word "want" can tank negotiations.
- Using it can undercut the entire premise of your argument that you deserve to be paid more and you deserve a more competitive salary.
Big Tech’s View of Universal Basic Income is Deeply Flawed
- The approach to the Universal Basic Income is just another manifestation of the implicit admission that technological progress can only lead to a fractured society, between an elite (the Lords) and the Serfs.
- My compassionate nature, however, reaches its limit when I read about the arguments deployed by this bright and supposedly educated crowd about the benefits of the universal basic income.
- That’s why I remain fascinated by smart people in the United States being so misguided about the implications of the UBI in a country that has no decent healthcare system, a poor primary education complemented by a horrendously expensive higher education system.
- Universal Income yields some results in two types of countries: ultra-poor nations when it lifts entire families from the street, or in affluent ones like Finland who already have a generous social safety net, free healthcare, a good education system and a low unemployment rate.
The smart home of tomorrow will call 911 for you
- Automakers figured this out years ago with features like OnStar, which can summon help when you've run off the road.
- Noonlight, which until recently went by the name SafeTrek, launched five years ago with a smartphone app that lets you summon help without saying a word.
- It has partnerships to put its tech in the Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers, Apple Health app, Nest Protect smoke detector, Canary security camera, and Biostrap health wearable.
- Google Home hears you gasping for breath and summon help.
- You could argue, as Droege does, the call center approach is better than calling 911 directly because the center can keep detailed information about your location and medical history.
- Summon help from Noonlight and the call center creates a webpage with a unique case number and all of the relevant info, and gives the URL to a 911 dispatcher.
Lean Testing or Why Unit Tests Are Worse Than You Think
- The article ‘Test-induced Design Damage’ by David Heinemeier Hansson claims that to accommodate unit testing objectives, code is worsened through otherwise needless indirection.
- Lean Testing takes an economic point of view to reconsider the Return on Investment of unit tests.
- Use unit tests only where they make sense (e.g. pure algorithmic code with complex corner cases).
- TDD and unit tests aren’t synonyms but in the context of this article it’s still interesting: ‘Does Test-Driven Development Really Improve Software Design Quality?’ Another article ‘Unit Testing Doesn’t Affect Codebases the Way You Would Think’ analyzes code bases and finds that code with more unit tests has more cyclomatic complexity per method, more lines of code per method and similar nesting depth.
- The former has different requirements and constraints where 100% code coverage via unit tests likely makes sense.
What sovereignty means for America’s Indian tribes
- The case, United States v Washington, asked whether Washington state must ensure a healthy supply of salmon in its rivers and streams for fishing by Indian tribes.
- The gist is that treaties signed in the 1850s between the state and 21 Indian tribes guarantee them a right to fish off their reservations.
- But it hinges on larger questions about Indian rights, stemming from the tribes’ unique legal status.
- But federal policy was rarely benign, seesawing between respect for tribal independence and the desire to isolate or assimilate Indians.
- Complicating matters was the basic question of what constitutes a tribe—since, to possess rights, tribes have to be recognised by the federal government.
- (An exception exists for cases of domestic violence by non-Indians.) They must also guarantee certain civil rights to members.
- Today most court cases centre on knotty issues like land use, taxation, off-reservation treaty rights and the tribes’ legal jurisdiction.